Luthai Textile Co. Ltd is a renowned Chinese manufacturer of high-quality yarn-dyed shirt fabrics. The company was founded in 1988. With 25,000 employees, Luthai operates the world’s largest production facility for shirt fabrics, supplying world-famous brands such as Burberry, Calvin Klein, Gucci, and Uniqlo.
Luthai produces over 210 million meters of yarn-dyed fabrics and more than 85 million meters of printed and dyed fabrics, making over 20,000 different variations and designs of shirt fabrics every year. Supplying fabric for over 30 million shirts annually, the company is one of the world’s largest producers of shirt fabrics.
Luthai exports nearly 80 percent of its annual production to over 30 countries including the USA, Japan, Germany, Italy, and Spain. As part of the Chinese textile industry, the company contributes to the production of 50 million tons of textile per year (Chinese market), representing 54 percent of the global textile market, according to the Textile Development Report. But even this giant in the textile world faces challenges due to rising personnel costs and the demand for high flexibility. Chinese mills are investing more and more in automated production systems in order to meet these challenges.
The challenges can be mastered thanks to Stäubli’s high-speed and highly accurate leasing machines, warp drawing-in machines, and warp typing machines, improving the quality of the yarn-dyed shirt fabrics. Additionally, Stäubli’s comprehensive product range and its extensive experience and technical know-how help Luthai produce more efficiently and save costs. Stäubli has built up a strong relationship with this company over the past 15 years. Today, Luthai operates over 3,700 Stäubli machines.